Gov Debate: Who Won, Tom or Tom?; ‘Out of Control’ Parties at Temple; Introducing the SEPTA Bar Crawl

Newsletter for Oct. 9, 2014

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The view from the new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, via Instagram user @mimisinny

GOVERNOR CANDIDATES DEBATE — IT’S TOM VS. TOM: THE THREEQUEL

Tom Corbett faced off against Tom Wolf Wednesdsay night in Pittsburgh, as the incumbent GOP governor took on the Democrat-who-hails-from-York-and-drives-that-Jeep in their third and final debate. Fun twist — Wednesday evening’s lightning-round-style format called for each candidate to answer in less than a minute. Because heaven forfend we’d have depth in this discussion. You can relive the magic in our wrap-up of the event (we’re guilty of translating the better answers into emoji), but the short version: Experts say nobody was a clear winner, and probably more importantly nobody lost by making a gaffe that would make headlines and cause headaches from now till November 4.

COUNCIL PREZ ON TEMPLE’S OFF-CAMPUS PARTYING: ‘IT’S JUST OUT OF CONTROL OVER THERE’

City Council President Darrell Clarke is fed up with what he called a “core group” of Temple University students who are going all Zac-Efron-in-Neighbors on his district. “Every weekend, there are parties, noise and public urination, and people are waking up to find beer bottles,” Clarke told the Philly Daily News. “It’s just out of control over there.” So he’s introducing a bill that puts the onus on landlords and the University to keep a lid on things. It’s great timing — this is homecoming weekend at Temple, not traditionally a time when students stay in and study.

HEROIN COALITION: PENNSYLVANIA, NY, JERSEY AND MASS TO SHARE DEALER DETAILS

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are now working together in an effort to stem the tide of heroin flooding the region. Police and prosecutors will start formally swapping information, aiming to disrupt and arrest the major traffickers who cross state lines. The effects could be particularly felt in Philadelphia, which along with New York City forms the top two bases for heroin trafficking in the Northeast. Hell, something’s gotta help — given seemingly daily stories of local kids accidentally taking their parents’ heroin to school or parents injecting their teenagers.


TO DO: WATCH A MUSICAL IN FRONT OF CITY HALL

WHAT: A screening of ‘Kinky Boots’
WHERE: The new, $55 million Dilworth Park
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
DETAILS HERE


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SEPTA BAR CRAWL: YOUR NIGHT JUST GOT EASIER

From the service journalism department, Thrillist has mashed up every train and high-speed line in the city and its ‘burbs with a nearby bar. That’s right: It’s the first-ever SEPTA Bar Map. Paired with Wednesday’s announcement that this summer’s all-night SEPTA service pilot program has been made permanent, your bar crawl just got a lot easier.

PHOTOS: INSIDE THE GATES OF FISHTOWN’S MASSIVE DELAWARE GENERATING STATION

Hidden City has breathtaking pictures of the 223,000-square-foot Delaware Generating Station, a former power plant in Fishtown that’s currently under auction. Next month, its new owner will be revealed — that entity will either redevelop the massive, 16.4-acre property, or demolish it. Either way, it’s worth looking at these amazing photos.

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